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Full text of "Knight Letter No. 43"

THE LEWIS CARROLL SOCIETY 




Koimt Letter 



OF NORTH AMERICA 



NUMBER 43 AUTUMN 1992 




Smithsonian Hosts 
Carroll Lectures 

The Smithsonian Institution, in con- 
junction with the Lewis Carroll Society 
of North America, will host a series of 
lectures on the life and works of Charles 
Dodgson as part of their Campus on the 
Mall Program in 1993. 

The program, which will consist of 
six lectures, has been coordinated by Fay 
Browning of the Smithsonian and former 
LCSNA president August Imholtz. Lec- 
tures will be on Thursday nights at 8 pm, 
beginning on January 28. The series will 
include an introductory lecture on 
Dodgson 's life and works by LCSNA 
president Charles Lovett (Jan. 28), a sepa- 
rate lecture on each of the Alice books by 
Prof. John Pfordresher of Georgetown 
University (Feb. 4 & 1 1), a talk on the 
illustrators of Alice and their interpreta- 
tions of the book by LCSNA member 
Stephanie Lovett (Feb. 18), a presenta- 
tion on various Alice films by former 
LCSNA president David Schaefer (Feb. 
25), and a lecture by Mr. Imholtz on The 
Hunting of the Snark, Sylvie and Bruno, 
and other Carroll works (March 4). 

Ms. Browning says that the Campus 
on the Mall lectures generally attract 
from 50 to 500 people, making this an 
excellent opportunity to publicize the 
LCSNA. 

The LCSNA is pleased to take an 
active role in this exciting series which 
will bring the world of Charles Dodgson 
to all those who attend. For further 
information on this series, call the 
Smithsonian at (202) 357-3030. 




Diverse Topics at SF Meeting 

West Coast Gathering Attracts Crowd by August Imholtz 

The place was the Donohue Rare Book Room of the Gleeson Library of the 
University of San Francisco and the date was October 17. Ben Watson, rare book 
librarian of the Gleeson Library, welcomed us warmly on a beautiful San Francisco 
afternoon and then turned the meeting over to Charles Lovett, president of the 
LCSNA, who thanked the University of San Francisco for hosting our meeting and 
Dr. Sandor G. Burstein for coordinating 
the program and exhibiting a fascinating 
selection of items from his own superb 
Carroll collection. 

"Who am I?" and "Why am I here?" 
These existential questions were an- 
swered, more or less, by our first speaker, 
Mr. David Rosenbaum, former president 
of the Continental Historical Society and 
now editor of its newsletter. The CHS 
supports the position that the two Alice Mark Burstein and Rebecca White 

books were the intellectual creation of Queen Victoria — a thesis expounded by Mr. 
Rosenbaum in a printed paper distributed at the meeting. Despite the heading "A 
Speech Delivered to the Lewis Carroll Society of North America," the paper was not 
given by Mr. Rosenbaum, who chose instead to summarize the publicity the CHS has 
received and to challenge the LCSNA to accept his assertions. As for identifying the 
CHS itself, Mr. Rosenbaum stated that it consists of twelve members whose identity 
is confidential (though a few names were revealed) and that membership is now 
closed. Mr. Rosenbaum let slip the information that membership remains closed 
because of the potential for financial gain from the society's assertions — presenting 

a possible explanation for his dogged 
pursuit of his bizarre claim: that it is 
based on business opportunities rather 
than academic realities. Mr. 
Rosenbaum' s threat that a failure by the 
LCSNA to recognize Queen Victoria as 
author of Alice was met with about as 
much trepidation as the Queen of Hearts' 
threat to cut off Alice's head — the mem- 
bers present seemed to think he and his 
cohorts nothing more than a pack of 
cards. 

Jacqueline Giuffre, our next speaker, 
brought us back to the magic of Lewis 
Carroll's creations through flowers. Ms. 
Giuffre is a professional sculptor who is 
also the principal designer for the Sonoma 
County, California, Hall of Flowers 
(continued on page 2) 




Editorial — 

Man Behind the Curtain 



A reader wrote me recently to ask if 
she could assume that all unsigned pieces 
in the Knight Letter were by the editor. A 
good question, especially as most of our 
pieces are unsigned. The answer is most 
definitely yes, and I hope that, especially 
in the case of book reviews, readers will 
recognize that the opinions reflected are 
solely my own and may not concur with 
yours or, in fact, with anyone else's. 

In this issue for example, Vm afraid I 
am not particularly kind to Whoopi 
Goldberg's book Alice, which the New 
York Times Book Review called "delight- 
ful .. . with a witty political bite through- 
out ... a satisfying story about the things 
that really matter in life." They did, 
however, agree with my assessment that 
the illustrations are "sometimes funnier 
than the text itself." 

The point here is not that either I or 
the Times is right, but that much of the 
content of the Knight Letter is based on 
opinions, and those opinions are my own. 
In assembling each issue I must sort 
through scores of contributions, new 
products, books, and other tidbits to de- 
cide what is worthy of inclusion. Invari- 
ably, interesting pieces end up on the 
cutting room floor, but such is the nature 
of editing. My opinions are also 
necessarily reflected in book and product 
reviews and, although diehard collectors 
will generally buy a book no matter how 
bad it is, I am not content to simply print 
rosy descriptions of books which I feel 
are not up to par. 

The wonderful thing about opinions 
is that you, the readers, can take issue 
with them, consider them, argue about 
them among yourselves, and, of course, 
formulate opinions of your own. In any 
society as eclectic as our own we must, in 
many cases, agree to disagree, but I am 
always happy to consider the opinions of 
the readers, regardless of how at odds 
they may be with my own. 

As I enter my second term as LCS N A 
president, I hope that you will let me hear 
from you, tell me what I'm doing wrong 
(and perhaps what I'm doing right) and 
that together we can continue to make 
this a dynamic, growing society. 



JVlEETING (continued from page 1) 
show. Her recent presentation of scenes 
from the Alice books was seen by over 
400,000 people. She explained her plan- 
ning — how she worked with a scene, like 
the Mad Tea Party, and made it intrigu- 
ingly different but essentially recogniz- 
able to child and adult. She showed how 
she modeled the exhibitions in miniature 
and then had the models scanned by a 
computer; then a computer driven router 
cut sections of lightweight foam rubber 
which became the giant figures. The 
exhibition also included a White Rabbit's 
cottage with a real thatched roof and 
many other delights — even a Queen of 
Hearts with her face a tessellated field of 
red chili peppers! 

Then it was back to criticism, but this 
time higher criticism with an appropri- 
ately Carrollian twist — humor. Mark 
Burstein summarized and evaluated vari- 
ous papers on the Alice books that he had 
originally written while a university stu- 
dent in the late 1960s. His talk was 
entitled "To Catch a Bandersnatch" — 
what all "interpretations" or "readings" 
of literary texts attempt. From Plato to 
Zen, with stops at the Freudian, Tao, 
Joycean, Jungian, and Sufi railway sta- 
tions, Mr. Burstein showed how the 
Alice books can be read. Of the chapters 
he summarized, my favorite is his "Joyce 
Carroll Noates" in which he deconstructs 
Alice's name from its "Greek root" 
through Latin allusions and ends with 
All Us Ions — everyone remembers 
Plato's Ion. He brought a few printed 
copies of his talk which were enlivened, 
if anything could further enliven his 
Senecan prose, by copies of some of 
Walt Kelly 's original Wonderland draw- 
ings with Pogo characters — another in- 
terpretation. 

John Wilcox-Baker brought us up to 
date on the progress of the Lewis Carroll 
Birthplace Trust. In 1993 the birthplace 
land, purchased by the trust, will be 
opened to the public. There remains, 
however, much to be done and we will be 
hearing from the U.S. Lewis Carroll 
Foundation later as to how we might 
contribute. 

The most recent publication of the 
LCSNA was, of course. The Hunting of 
the Snark, illustrated by Jonathan Dixon, 
who was our next speaker. Mr. Dixon 



explained how he became interested in 
the Snark after he read the poem in a text 
without illustrations. Like most of us, he 
had difficulty in understanding some parts 
of it, but it interested him so much he 
decided to illustrate it and what is more, 
in the face of current artistic and critical 
dogma, to be faithful to the author's 
intentions. He immersed himself in 
Carroll's works and the representations 
of other illustrators, and finally produced 
his own first sketches, of which he showed 
us several slides. He clearly had a great 
deal offun with these illustrations. In the 
spirit of Carroll he parodies other artists' 
paintings (e.g., Maxfield Parrish's "Day- 
break" for the bathing machines refer- 
ence) — quoting T. S. Eliot he said "poor 
artists borrow, great artists steal." The 
court of the Barrister's dream is based on 
Goya's "The Sleep of Reason" with the 
addition of Carl Jung as judge. The 
Snark Island on the cover, when turned 
ninety degrees, reveals the profile of 
Charles Dodgson. There are many more 
Carrollian twists and delights to be dis- 
covered in Jonathan Dixon's Snark. 

Three years to the day before our 
meeting, San Francisco experienced a 
disastrous earthquake in the toll of whose 
damage was the wreck of the Geary The- 
atre where George Coates' play Right 
Mind had just opened. Fortunately, no 
one was injured at the theatre, and we 
were privileged to hear the young star of 
the production, Rebecca White. Now 
fifteen years old, Ms. White recounted 
her experiences in preparing for the role, 
learning about Lewis Carroll, the right 
side of his mind and the left, the multiple 
aspects of his personality (mathemati- 
cian, theatregoer, photographer, and 
friend of children), and the delightful 
wonder of his creations. She danced and 
sang a number of songs from the play, 
giving us such a brilliant performance 
that there was the sense that we would 
hear more of Ms. White in the future. 

Following the meeting, a reception in 
the Donohue Room, hosted by Father 
William Monihan, gave members a 
chance to exchange ideas and merchan- 
dise, to view once again the spectacular 
exhibition of treasures from Dr. 
Burstein's Carroll collection, and to thank 
all those who helped make this a memo- 
rable afternoon in the City by the Bay. 



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Long Awaited Bibliography 
Published 

Much of a Muchness — A Survey of the American Editions of 
the Alice Books Published from 1866 to I960, by Byron 
Sewell in collaboration with Hilda Bohem, and with an 
introduction by Sandor Burstein, has been published by 
Chicken Little's Press in an edition of 17 copies. Readers 
familiar with Mr. Sewell's previous work will know that 
Chicken Little is his private imprint which has brought us 
such delights in the past as Fat Alice, The King Sandor Bible, 
and Alice's Adventures in Oceania. Mr. Sewell's new 
bibliography, over a decade in the making, is a milestone in 
the study of the publication history of Alice, and we can only 
hope that the book will see a second printing which will 
bring it to a wider audience. Drawing on numerous collec- 
tions and a wide range of bibliographical references, par- 
ticularly the Publisher's Trade List Annual, he gives a 
publisher-by-publisher rundown of American A//ces. Within 
each publisher, various series in which Alice appeared are 
identified and points of priority are given for identifying 
various printings and editions. The author writes that 
editions are listed in "postulated chronological order," but as 
there is a complete lack of previous bibliographical descrip- 
tion of the majority of these editions, the well educated 
postulations of Mr . Sewell are a giant leap forward for lovers 
of American Alices. This book contains a vast amount of 
information and so is necessarily somewhat complicated by 
various abbreviations and charts, but the patient collector 
will be able to date most undated American editions on his 
shelves and will find the time spent researching editions 
with this tool well spent. Many thanks to Mr. Sewell, Dr. 
Bohem, and all the other collectors who assisted with this 
impressive and important volume. 



Two By Disney 



The Walt Disney Company continues to chum out Alice- 
related books, but their two latest offerings are of more 
interest than usual. The first is a separately published edition 
of Jabberwocky illustrated with uncredited art from the 
Disney Archives, part of a series of similarly illustrated 
books. The book is well designed, with black pages and 
boldly colored illustrations. The pictures are crude by 
Disney standards, but this gives them a power normally 
lacking from Disney publications. While a few of the 
pictures harken back to the 1951 animated film of Alice, 
most are unlike anything Disneyphiles have seen before, 




looking almost like a talented 

child's crayon drawings. Also from 

Disney is Alice's Tea Party by Lyn 

Calder. In our house we had to 

debate whether this book belonged 

in the Carroll collection or the Tea 

collection, as it includes a Disney version of "A Mad Tea 

Party" followed by information about tea and a variety of 

activities, recipes, and other ideas for throwing a tea party. 

The familiar Disney figures have been redrawn in a much 

softer than usual manner by Jesse Clay, who also adds 

decorations and additional illustrations which give the book 

a warm, pastel look. Though I am not always a fan of the 

Disney interpretation of Carroll's works, I found these two 

volumes worthy additions to my collection. 

Whoopi Goldberg Does 
Alice 

If store displays are any indication of future sales, Whoopi 
Goldberg's first book for children, Alice, should be a hot 
seller this Christmas, for it seems to be plastered in the front 
windows of bookstores everywhere. The book has been 
portrayed in the popular press as a hip, urban retelling of 
Lewis Carroll's famous story, but the book itself makes no 
such claim. The jacket copy states only that "This isn't 
Wonderland." Ms. Goldberg's book does include a large 
rabbit (who, in the text, bears more resemblance to Harvey 
than to the White Rabbit), a friend of Alice's named Robin 
(who happens to wear a large hat), and a room which shrinks. 
Other characters might be inspired, in the loosest imaginable 
way, by Tweedledee and Tweedledum, and the Queen of 
Hearts. Without the chosen name of the title character, 
however, one wonders if this book would have rated any 
comparison to Carroll. The story is of Alice's journey into 
Manhattan to cash in a winning lottery ticket. Along the way 
she discovers that the world is full of crazy things and the 
happiness she sought was right around her all along (yes, it 
does seem more like The Wizard of Oz than Alice in Wonder- 
land). If anything about this rather mundane book can be 
considered Carrollian, it is the dynamic illustrations of John 
Rocco who, in spite of the fact that this is his first book, too, 
manages to produce pictures which far outshine the text. In 
Rocco's bright pastel illustrations many of the characters 
who seem in the text to be only vaguely related to Alice in 
Wonderland take on a look reminiscent of the inhabitants of 
Carroll's dream land. This reviewer would much rather 
have seen Mr. Rocco illustrate an edition of Alice in Won- 
derland and Ms. Goldberg stick to acting. 



A Biography of Carroll for Beginning 
Readers 



Lewis Carroll Author of K\\CQ in Wonder- 
land by Carol Greene has been published 
by Children's Press as part of the Rookie 
Biography series. The series is designed 
for very young readers which makes read- 
ing this book something akin to reading 
The Nursery Alice. Not being a beginning 
reader, I am not able to judge how the 
book succeeds in its task of appealing to 
that group, but it does cover the basic facts 
of Dodgson's life with relative accuracy. 
The general tenor of the book can only be 
described as childish, with sentences like 
"One day, when Charles was feeling silly, 
he wrote part of a silly poem," and I can't 
help but wonder if it is not possible to 





write in simple words without writing for 
simple minds. The habit of referring to 
grown Mr. Dodgson throughout the book 
as "Charles" is especially annoying and 
I'm sure Dean Liddell would hardly cot- 
ton to being called "Charles' boss." The 
book is primarily illustrated with Victo- 
rian prints, Carroll's photos and draw- 
ings, and Tenniel illustrations, all of which 
work quite well to complement the text. 
Three original illustrations by Steven 
Gaston Dobson, who also illustrated the 
cover, are uninspired but typical of this 
type of book. Though I wished for more 

from this book, it is nonetheless good to see information about Dodgson's life and 
works brought to a generation which is not yet ready for a full-scale biography. 

Mountain Craftsman Goes Through the 
Looking-Glass 

Tom Wolfe, a wood-carver from West 
Jefferson, NC, has created a charming 
series of characters from Through the Look- 
ing-Glass and Alice. Mr. Wolfe studied 
the works of many illustrators before carv- 
ing five Carrollian characters — the Lion, 
the Unicom, Alice, the White Rabbit, and 
the Hatter. Each original woodcarving 
was used to make a master mold from 
which resin figures are cast. Each figure is 
then hand painted. Mr. Wolfe has also 
carved a figurine of the Walrus which is 
not yet available as a cast model. Mr. 
Wolfe's creations have a rustic charm sel- 



dom seen in Alice figurines and are a 
wonderful merging of Appalachian crafts- 
manship and Carrollian whimsy. Mr. 
Wolfe has also written a book titled 
Through the Looking-Glass with Tom 
Wolfe which gives step-by-step instruc- 
tions for carving the Walrus as well as 
giving plans and full-color photographs of 
the other figures. Each figurine sells for 
$3 1 .00 plus $3.75 shipping (or $7.00 ship- 
ping for all 5). The book sells for $12.95 
plus $3.75 shipping. Order from Moun- 
tain Meadow Studio, P. O. Box 83 1 , West 
Jefferson, NC, 28964. 



Book Sale • Book Sale • Book Sale 



The University Press of Virginia has elected to discon- 
tinue three titles published by the LCSNA in years past, 
and as a result we are able to offer copies of these books 
to members at a substantial discount. The books are Lewis 
Carroll' s Library (originally $15.00), a reproduction of 
the auction catalogue of Carroll's estate; Soaring With the 
Dodo (originally $22.50), a superb collection of essays 
published in celebration of the 150th anniversary of 
Carroll's birth; and Lewis Carroll An Annotated Interna- 
tional Bibliography 1960-1977 (originally $30.00), Ed- 
ward Guiliano's definitive bibliographical work on this 
important period in Carroll studies. The LCSNA now has 
a limited supply of each of these titles which are available 
for purchase at the following prices: Any 1 book — $8.00; 



2 books— $15.00; 3 books— $20.00; 4 or more books 
$5.00 each. Prices include shipping. We hope the avail- 
ability of these books at such low prices will help bring 
them to those who have not had a chance to purchase them 
previously. If you already have copies, consider buying 
copies for your local library and spreading information 
about Carroll and the LCSNA to others. Remember, too, 
that the Society's recently published edition of The Hunt- 
ing of the Snark, illustrated by Jonathan Dixon (see 
meeting report), is still available ($15.95 + $2.00 shipping 
for the regular edition and $75.00 -i- $2.00 shipping for the 
very few remaining copies of the limited edition). All 
orders should be addressed to: LCSNA Publications, 
1092 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101. 







Carrollian 

Notes 



1 994 Conference 
Scheduled 

The Second International Lewis Carroll 
Conference will be held on July 9-12, 
1994, at the Graylyn Executive Confer- 
ence Center of Wake Forest University 
in Winston-Salem, N.C. In planning the 
conference, the LCSNA hopes to capi- 
talize on the success of the International 
Conference held in Oxford in 1989. The 
conference had originally been sched- 
uled to take place at Princeton Univer- 
sity, but various University conflicts pre- 
vented holding the gathering in that lo- 
cale. Graylyn is a restored stone mansion 
reminiscent of the estates on which 
Carroll often spent his holidays, and we 
hope that the conference will combine 
high academic standards with the plea- 
sure of a weekend at an English manor. 
The conference will include elegant lodg- 
ing, and superb meals for three days and 
nights, as well as a full schedule of speak- 
ers, films, performances, exhibitions, and 
other events. The cost for the full confer- 
ence package will be $500, which in- 
cludes all meals and other amenities. 
Space will be limited, and reservations 
will be accepted beginning May 1 , 1 993. 
Mark your calendars for this important 
event in Carroll studies, and watch this 
space for further announcements. Mem- 
bers who wish to assist in the planning of 
the conference or who have ideas they 
would like to share with the conference 
committee should contact the editor. 

Catalogue Features 
acular Items 



Spect; 



Catalogue number 46. Rare and Collect- 
ible Books, issued by the firm of Justin G. 
Schiller, Ltd., includes only 15 Lewis 
Carroll items, but several them are wor- 
thy of special mention. An original 
Carroll photograph of Irene MacDonald, 



George MacDonald's daugh- 
ter, is priced at $ 1 5,000. Pre- 
sentation copies of Phantas- 
magoria, Tliroiii^h the Look- 
ing-Glass, The Hunting of the 

Snark (in the dark bluish- 

green presentation binding). 
A Tangled Tale (inscribed to Carroll's 
nephew and biographer Stuart Dodgson 
Collingwood), Alice's Adventures Un- 
derground, and The Nursery Alice are 
priced from $4500 to $ 1 2,000. The cata- 
logue also includes Alice Hargreaves' 
own copy, by way of the Leicester 
Harmsworth collection, of Vladimir 
Nabokov's famous 1923 translation of 
Alice into Russian ($12,500). If you 
happen to be Christmas shopping for this 
editor, however, I'll be happy with item 
number 1 1 — copies of the first, second, 
fourth, and fifth editions of Eight or Nine 
Wise Words About Letter Writing, plus 
five proof copies of the 1890 second 
edition, each meticulously hand-cor- 
rected by Carroll in his characteristic 
purple ink. This is truly an amazing 
archive which allows one to see Dodgson 
editing a pamphlet through successive 
printings, revising and honing the text to 
what he considered perfection. There are 
190 words and/or notations by Dodgson 
relevant to amending the text in these 
five booklets. The collection, access to 
which will certainly be essential to any 
student of this particular Carroll piece, 
may be purchased for me for a mere 
$25,000 (I'll pay the postage). 



The Oddest Carroll 
Publication Ever 

I may get some arguments on this, be- 
cause there have certainly been a plethora 
of odd Carrollian publications over the 
years, but I recently acquired one which 
seems to beat them all. The publication 
is titled Text Vest J — Jabberwocky, and 
is a vest (no, I will not wear it to a 
meeting) made of heavy weight hand- 
made paper which incoiporates into its 
design the text of Carroll's poem 
"Jabberwocky" in both English and 
French. This paper garment comes in a 
custom made cardboard case with a hand 
printed limitation notice signed by the 
designer. My copy also included a pic- 
ture of the designer wearing her creation, 
and she looks far better in it than I would. 
The vest, a product of a group of Austra- 
lians, was designed by Dorothy Herel, 
made by Michel Guet, and printed by 
Thierry Bouchard. The publication was 
limited to an edition of 20 copies and was 
printed in July of 1991. There is no 
indication as to who came up with the 
idea for this apparent series of wearable 
literature, but the project was funded by 
the Australia Council and the Australian 
Federal Government's Arts Funding and 
Advisory Body — and we cannot even 
get money from the National Endow- 
ment for the Humanities to assist with the 
publication of Carroll's complete pam- 
phlets! 



BIBLIOGRAPHER'S 

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Last issue in this corner we 
discussed the details of an 

American piracy of Alice ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 
printed in a periodical. Such publications were not uncommon 
during the latter part of the 19th century, as we learned when Kay 
Rossman informed us of a new acquisition to her growing Lewis 
Carroll collection. The Elocutionist Journal of March, 1880, 
includes the first half of Kate Frieligrath-Kroeker's play of Alice 
and a note indicating that the conclusion is to be published in the 
succeeding issue. This play, the first published dramatic adaptation 
of Alice, was published in book form as part of a collection of 
children's plays in London in 1880, and we assume that this 
periodical appearance is a reprint of that appearance. Though it is 
highly unlikely that this appearance precedes the London book version, it 
certainly precedes what was previously thought to be the first American 
edition, a book version published in 1882. So, not only was Alice first 
published in America in a periodical, but the first printed dramatic adaptation 
made its American debut in a periodical as well. 



iMm Du^ ra 



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Alice Berkey writes to inform us that 
Joseph Horovitz' s ballet of Alice in Won- 
derland (see KL 42) is available on cas- 
sette tape. Order Max Sound #MSCB 1 
from your local music store. 




Cof^f^esbondente 



Southern Illinois University Press (P.O. 
Box 3697, Carbondale, IL, 62902) will 
publish Shattered Applause, a biography 
of Eva Le Gallienne in December. This 
first full-length biography of the woman 
who three times helped bring Alice in 
Wonderland to Broadway (see KL 38) is 
written by Robert A. Schanke and in- 
cludes a foreword by May Sarton. The 
book retails for $39.95 and should be 
available through your local bookseller. 

The Salvador Dali Museum (1000 Third 
St. South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701) is 
currently holding an exhibit titled "Tales 
of Fantasy: Alice in Wonderland & Hans 
Christian Andersen" which features 
Dali's illustrations for Alice. The notes 
for the exhibit, which runs through Janu- 
ary 25, 1993, include a brief history of 
Dali's use of the girl with the skipping 
rope, who first appeared in his work in 
the 1 930s and was probably derived from 
Giorgio De Chirico' s 1 9 1 4 painting Mys- 
tery and Melancholy of a Street. 

While visiting in California you might 
want to stay at the Jabberwock Inn in 
Monterey. Barbara and Jim Allen have 
decorated each room of this Victorian 
bed and breakfast with Alice memora- 
bilia and guests may be surprised that a 
mirror is needed to unravel some mes- 
sages or menus, while some of the clocks 
on the premises run backwards. For 
reservations call (408) 372-4777. 



Randy Greif, an electronic musician 
who has been described as "The Mad 
Sampler" has released the first two CDs 
of a five CD Alice in Wonderland adap- 
tation. Greif has taken an early 1960s 
spoken recording and "added a barrage 
of aural cues and backdrops . . . reggae 
dub techniques, Gregorian chant samples, 
tubular bells, ethnic percussion and a 
greater number of unplaceable sounds." 
The initial release, limited to 450 copies, 
is on the Staalplaat label. Additional 
copies should be available when the en- 
tire set is finished. 

Alitji in Dreamland, an adaptation of 
Alice into the Pitjantjatjara language of 
the Australian outback, has been reis- 
sued by Ten Speed Press (800-841- 
BOOK) for $16.95. The original illus- 
trations by Byron Sewell have been re- 
placed with pictures by Donna Leslie. 

Martha Rasmussen, editor of Martha 's 
KidLit Newsletter, writes that she is plan- 
ning a special Lewis Carroll issue for 
Christmas 1993. Contributions or re- 
quests for a copy of the issue (single 
issues of this 8-page newsletter sell for 
$4.50) may be sent to the editor at Box 
1488, Ames, Iowa, 50010. 

Boxgrove Arts (11 Eaton Court, 
Boxgrove Ave., Guildford, Surrey, GUI 
IVD, England) offer a charming series 
of 'Alice in Guildford Cards,"with origi- 
nal drawings of various Alice and Carroll- 
related sights around that town. The 
seven cards retail for $1.00 each, with 
airmail postage additional. 



The Hartley House Theatre (4 1 3 W. 46th 
St., New York) presented The AUce-in- 
Wonderland Game, a "musical romp 
through the zany world of Lewis Carroll, 
featuring much on-stage audience par- 
ticipation," from October 17 through 
November 15. The production was con- 
ceived and adapted by Lee Frank with 
music by Gerald Jay Markoe. 

The 1992 holiday catalogue from the 
Metropolitan Museum of Art (800-468- 
7386) offers a set of two porcelain orna- 
ments based on Tenniel's drawings of 
the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat 
for $12.00 plus shipping. 

Most members have received a copy of 
the catalogue from Alice in Rubberland 
Fantasy Stamps, but if you have not, be 
sure to write them at Box 2735, Los 
Angeles, CA, 90078. The catalogue in- 
cludes a wide range of Alice rubber 
stamps, stickers, figurines, plus good buys 
on the "Tweedledum Game" and the 
Alice tarot cards. Be sure to check out 
their own custom-designed T-shirt, which 
might be subtitled "And God Created 
Alice." 

Cowtan & Tout (D & D Building, 979 
Third Ave., NY, 10022) offers a Won- 
derland fabric available through your 
designer. The fabric is blue with brightly 
colored characters based on Tenniel's 
drawings, playing cards, and even a tiny 
golden key. 

Barnes and Noble of New York offers in 
their catalogue a Great Writers Calendar 
for 1993 which includes a page devoted 
to Lewis Carroll. Price: $9.95 



For assistance in preparing this issue we would like to thank: Alice Berkey, Sandor Burstein, Joeseph Desy, August Imholtz, 
Stephanie Lovett, Stan Marx, Lucille Posner, Martha Rasmussen, Kay Rossman, David & Maxine Schaefer, Justin Schiller, and 
Michael Welch. 

Knight Letter is the official newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America. It is published quarterly and is distributed 
free to all members. Subscriptions, business correspondence, and inquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, LCSNA, 617 
Rockford Road, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20902. Annual membership dues are $20 (regular) & $50 (sustaining). Submissions and 
editorial correspondence should be sent to the Editor, Charles C. Lovett, 1092 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101.